Ship of Fools

Introduction

Ship of Fools is a 1962 novel by Katherine Anne Porter which tells the tale of a group of disparate characters sailing from Mexico to Europe aboard a German passenger ship. The large cast of characters includes Germans, a Swiss family, Mexicans, Americans, Spaniards, a group of Cuban medical students, and a Swede. In steerage there is are 876 Spanish workers being returned from Cuba.[1] It is an allegory that traces the rise of Nazism and looks metaphorically at the progress of the world on its "voyage to eternity".[2]


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